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The Life Hack I Learned from Playing The Sims 4

I had a serious light-bulb moment the other day while, of all things, PLAYING THE SIMS 4…

Have you ever played it? If not, let me clue you in.

The Sims is all about simulating life. So, your sim (the little person on the screen that you control) goes to work, forms relationships, and pursues hobbies. And you play to move up the ranks in different categories — like to reach level 10 of the scientist career or become an expert in gardening. The higher you get, the more you can do in the game.

Now, there are certain things you can do to make sure your sim is killin’ it in all these categories.

For instance, my sim works as a newspaper reporter. If I make sure she goes to work “focused” instead of “playful” or “sad,” she advances faster in her career. Makes sense.

Before she goes out on a date, she needs to feel “social.”

When she’s headed to the gym, she should already be “energized.”

If I want her to succeed in a certain hobby, she needs to be “inspired” before diving in.

You get the idea.

So…

As the person in control, you direct your lil sim to do whatever it is for them that will flip on the correct emotion.
Before work…read a book.

Before a date…talk on the phone.

Before the gym…take a cold shower.

Before gardening…research plants online.

See where this is going?

While directing my sim to pick out a book to read before she headed to work, I realized…
I could do the same thing!

When my brain is going a million places at once, and I can’t focus on a project that requires some super single-tasking; instead of taking a break that involves MULTI-TASKING (like playing on the internet or tidying up the kitchen while listening to the news), why not pick up a book and read a chapter? When you’re reading, you really can’t do anything else.

And I’ll tell you, dear reader. I tried it and it works.

I’m ready and FOCUSED for the work that lies ahead.

And it’s worked in other aspects, too. Morning phone/skype meetings are definitely not my jam. But if I make an effort to do something else social…even if that’s just chatting with a barista…before I hop on the line, I’m much more in the head space for being outgoing.

While applying this sim-hack might not be quite as easy in the real world, (afterall, I can’t just click a mouse and feel happy!) it really boils down to taking a moment to check in with yourself.

To ask…

What will I need to make this next task a success?

How can I create that for myself instead of looking for it in an external source?

What makes me feel happy/social/productive/zen/inspired/creative?

And then HOOKING YOURSELF UP!

Give it a try some time and let me know how it goes! xoxo

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Piña Croix-ladas!

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Now that we live in South Florida I feel like tropical beverages are SUPER approps. Fruity and colorful drinks just seem to pair so well with views of palm trees (and lizards of various sizes–still getting used to THAT). But I’m not always real in the mood for whipping out a blender OR using up my perfectly good dessert calories on a mixed drink. Luckily, I found a happy medium that checks ALL my lazy girl boxes while also tasting spot-on like those delicious, over-priced Piña Coladas you can get at beach-side bars! My secret ingredient is La Croix sparkling water. This stuff is having quite the moment recently. And while I have found my self pretty addicted to the bubbly straight up (it’s such a good soda alternative!), I think it really shines when paired with a bit of alcohol. As do we all, amiriiite? Now I know the rest of you crazy kids, aka the folk who DON’T live waaay down here on the southern most tippy-tip of the U.S. map, are saying “But BETH…I just flipped my calendar to September soooo where’s the Pumpkin Spice drink? It’s Fall after-all!” To which I say, sure…saddle up to some seasonally themed apple or pumpkin alcohol all you want…but ONE day, when it’s a particularly dreary and desolate up there, and you desperately need to create your OWN sunshine for the day, you’ll have this little tropical number in your arsenal.  And oh how you’ll thank me.

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What you’ll need…

– White rum (you can also get pineapple or coconut flavored rum, if you like.)

– Pineapple juice (we went for a Pineapple Orange Banana medley this time around. More fruit, more fun.)

– Coconut flavor La Croix sparkling water

(Note: You can totally leave out the rum for an equally delicious mock-tail.)

and how it all comes together…

Mix equal parts of each ingredient over a ton of ice. Easy as that! Traditional Piña Coladas call for coconut cream which is certainly delicious but can taste a bit more like a dessert than a drink. The La Croix water gives the drink a much more refreshing feel. Garnish with a pineapple slice and/or maraschino cherry if you’re feelin’ fancy or if you’re trying to impress guests.

Pop in a stripey straw and enjoy the sunshine. Real OR imagined. CHEERS!

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Would you try this drink, or do you already have a go-to cocktail for when you’re feeling a little tropical?